06 May 2012

Eleven Random Questions And Writing A Book

ROW80Checking In...For ROW80

Lauralynn Elliot tagged me with the Eleven Random Questions!
OK, here are my questions for the people I tagged (and for those of you who weren’t tagged, but want to play). I actually kept a couple of Emma’s questions.

Who is your favorite author?

Well, I don't have only one favorite. Some authors I enjoy reading are, Treanor, Steel, Gray, Clancy, Kellerman, Twain, Austen, Tolstoy, Lewis, and now...James.

What’s your favorite color?

Again, I don't have a favorite.  I like them all.  I'll admit to being partial to white and off-white...maybe.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I'd like to live by the sea in a warm climate.  Beyond that...there are so many good choices that it's hard to say.  Italy, Greece, maybe?

How old were you when you had your first real kiss?

Ha!  This is a great question.  My first 'real' kiss came in the summer before my freshman year at school.  The funniest part was that I was stunned!  So stunned, in fact, that I stammered, 'What are you doing?' 
Ummmm, not my finest moment. 

Who is your hero?

I'll have to say my dad.  It's his opinion I think I respect most.

Who is the sexiest person on TV right now?

I don't really watch television, except for late night Netflix with my sons once in awhile.  My last favorite show (which I watched once the whole thing was ended) was Lost.  Naveen Andrews is very sexy.  So is Christian Bale.
Who is your favorite vampire?

Saloman, from Marie Treanor's trilogy of books, Blood On Silk, Blood Sin, Blood Eternal. 

What’s your favorite beverage?

Hot tea.

What’s your favorite food?

Yes.  (ha ha.  I love most all food...no favorite)

What would be your ideal job?

Writing romance novels.  Oh!  Wait...that is my job.  :}

What do people do that annoys you the most?

I am the only woman in a house filled with testosterone....where do you want me to start?? 
1)  Wipe the seat...ahem.
2)  Keep bodily functions private.
3)  Sit on furniture, don't lay....it smacks of sloth.
4)  Use table manners.
5)  Take shoes off before entering my house.
6)  Have some couth.
7)  Pick up after yourself. 
8)  Don't lie to me.  Ever.  (You may screw up royally....but don't lie.  If you do, we're done.)
9)  Be respectful.
10)Strive for better.
11)There are instances where cursing is apt and wholly appropriate.  Use them then.  Refrain at other times.

So....as you can see...the opposite of these things is what annoys me most...lol.

Writing A Book....

The writing continues.  I've nearly finished chapter two...we'll see.  Maybe by tonight.  It's a long chapter, and there's been some tricky maneuverings to orchestrate.  Love it!  There's some fun banter going on between characters, leaving my hero looking around for his equilibrium.  It's always nice to see that happen.  My heroine is having her own issues, but not over the hero as of yet.  She's resistant, not in a panicked way, but in a I'd-rather-not-go-there way.  This is my favorite aspect about her thus far.

I have failed to type chapter one.  Not. One. Word.  Arrgh.  I will endeavor to do better this week.  I've been out and about, eating dinner, having drinks, and shopping my 'posterior' off - so work suffered this week.

Exercise is going along well.  I've been swapping out days, squats one day, push ups the next.  I've graduated to 40 push-ups (four sets of 10 one after the other with a 30 second rest in-between)  and this makes me happy.  I've seen my arms really change and tone up.  Unfortunately, I've seen no major changes in my thighs.  I don't really understand this, as I am cranking out 60-120 breaking parallel (butt below knees) squats every other day.  I think I'll have to add weight.  I haven't done one of my 'Death-by-insertyourexercisehere' workouts this week.  I'll probably try a new one this week.

Things have been going along with my book tour also!  I've made a few stops and found a couple blogs I'll re-visit.  It's been fun.  Reviews are beginning to come in for my newest book, The Third Fate.  I like what I'm hearing - but the verdict is in.  I've got to make these books longer!  I've been a bit fearful of dragging out my story too much - or adding in too much and overwhelming the main story.  (And let's not mention that I'm still growing as a writer...an epic is something I think I have to graduate up to achieve...lol)  What I'm hearing is that I should let my pen loose and add in all manner of secondary character storyline and such.  Exciting...I think.  :}

Have a wonderful week, everyone!  What are you stuck on?  How have you succeeded and where are you dropping the ball?  What make your writing a joy this week?

See you all next week!


  1. ROFL...I can SO relate to your answer for #11! Males! Great answers Nadja. It sounds like a pretty good week. Oh, and yes, longer is better :) Of course, I read fast so anything less than about 100K is an afternoon. Wishing you a fabulous week, my friend.

    1. I should have guessed you would appreciate my #11...you live with all males, too. It's a lonely place sometimes with no girls anymore...ha.

      I gravitate toward long books as well...but haven't mustered the confidence as of yet to go there. Maybe I will with my newest WIP! But it's nice to hear that readers want more. :}

      Have a great week - and get that must back to work!

  2. Hi! I popped in via the ROW 80 linky. I love your list for the men of the house - you should post it up and see what happens!

    I'm very impressed with your progress, especially the exercise part! I didn't even set myself any exercise goals as I'm notoriously bad at anything that involves exercise! It's brilliant that you're doing so well, keep going!

    Good luck with your writing goals this week, Gina

    1. Ha! I try not to get too overbearing with my boys. With all three bringing me home straight A's, and active in sports and fishing, I can't really complain - even though I still, at times, do.

      Thanks for stopping by! It's great to meet you, Gina

  3. Naveen Andrews...Christian Bale..Yum!! Both choices are fant-ab-ulous in my opinion!! :) Great job on your progress and hope you have a great week!

    1. Aren't they, though? Sigh. Naveen...well, that man is just too sexy for words. And Christian... That mouth is so tempting. :}

      Good luck yourself this week, Ms. Kat!

  4. Ref: ...I stammered, 'What are you doing?'
    Ummmm, not my finest moment.

    I nearly choked on my drink when I read this. Hope you're over that now. Well, with that many boys, I guess you are. :)

    1. Thankfully, yes. The teen years were a whirl-windy yet awkward decade for this chickie...painfully so at a few moments. LOL.

  5. Sounds like you had a great week! And I love your answers lol
    Glad your blog tour is going well too!
    Here's to another great week!

    1. Thanks, Juliana. I can't wait to see more of that 'Dust It Off Bloghop' you participated in!

  6. Well, you've given me a list of something to look forward to with your pet peeves. hahaha

    You know... you could always just type out your book instead of doing it longhand. Saves a step. :)

    1. I did type for The Third Fate - since I was writing it for NaNoWriMo, but I prefer snuggling up in my easy chair and pondering the words in comfort...Ha! I hate sitting at the computer screen.

      And yes, Kate...you are the mother of more than one son. Prepare. Ha! But the up-side is this. Boys (at least my boys) are so easy to get on with! They take their lumps when I'm fuming - they know when they've crossed the line and accept that there will be a raving banshee to deal with...lol. They don't hold on to things, either. Once I've given them their comeuppance, they're happy enough to go back to joking and such. Plus, they are quite open about things - it's easy to communicate with my boys. I wonder if other mothers feel the same - or if I have strange boys! It sort of makes up for some of the things on - 'The-List'. Ha

  7. Your answers about what annoys you cracked me up. Mostly because I had sons, a husband, and male pets. I can relate. LOL

    I can't wait to read your next book. I'm sure it will be full of awesome. :)

  8. It is amazing how many times per day boys relate life to a bodily part or function, right? Ha!

    And...thanks! You're the best, Lauralynn :}

  9. Love your answers! great to hear your book tour is going well! I'm trying to catch up with commenting now that we've returned from vacation. It felt so free to have no internet access!